A little over a week ago we heard that the Yankees would like to have Joakim Soria if they could. Which didn’t really raise anyone’s eyebrows because, really, who wouldn’t? Turns out that they were more than just a little interested, however, because Heyman reports that they made the Royals “a big proposal” for Soria recently.
Heyman is a little fuzzy on the details, but it appears to have been rejected. Which makes sense, of course, because Soria has a very team-friendly contact. But this doesn’t mean that the Royals shouldn’t shop him. After all, a losing team with an ace closer is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how they got him and danged if they know how to use him.
But for the Royals to trade Soria it should take a big prospect-laden offer, and while the Yankees have a couple of nice pieces in the system, Kansas City should try to get back some blue chip starting pitching for Soria.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22.
The club said in a statement that the Twins are “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss.” The team did not say how he died.
Landa pitched in the 2016 season with the Fort Meyers Miracle, going 2-2 with 7 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched. His career minor-league ERA was 2.66.
Landa had been on the Twins’ 40-man roster, but was dropped after the season. The organization signed him to a minor-league contract last week.
Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16-year old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.